Borrowing and Fines - Library - University of Canterbury

Borrowing and Fines

Number of items | Renewals | Fine rates

How many items can I borrow and for how long?

Undergraduate students (including Honours level, distance, and UC Star students)

Undergraduate students can borrow a total of 25 items at the same time, with restrictions on some types of items as in the table below.

  • The normal loan period per item is 28 days but this is subject to recall.
  • The normal loan period for undergraduate distance students is 32 days.
Type of item Number of items
Total (All items) 25
1 day loan quota 1
3 day loan quota 3
1 hour loan quota 1
3 hour loan quota 1
Journals 25

Research Students and Staff

Research students can borrow a total of 50 items at the same time. Staff can borrow a total of 100 items at the same time. There are restrictions on some types of items as in the table below.

  • The normal loan period per item is 60 days, but this is subject to recall.
Type of item Number of items
Total (All items) 50
1 day loan quota 1
3 day loan quota 3
1 hour loan quota 1
3 hour loan quota 1
Journals 50

Subscription Members

Subscription members can borrow a total of 25 items at the same time, with restrictions on some types of items as in the table below.

  • The normal loan period per item is 28 days, but this is subject to recall.
  • Subscriptions members can request items housed in library storage.
Type of item Number of items
Total (All items) 25
1 day loan quota 1
3 day loan quota 1
1 hour loan quota 1
3 hour loan quota 1
Journals 25

Renewals

Normal, 1 and 3 day items can be renewed 6 times. 1 hour and 3 hour loans cannot be renewed.

Fines

For normal items overdue, there will not be a fine for the first 1 day (grace period). After that, a fine of $0.25 per day applies (max fine amount $15.00).

The following fines apply for other items:

Type Grace period Fine
1 day loan0 days$3.00/day or part thereof (max. $30.00)
3 day loan0 days$3.00/day or part thereof (max. $30.00)
1 hour loan15 minutes$1.50/hour or part thereof (max. $30.00)
3 hour loan15 minutes$1.50/hour or part thereof (max. $30.00)

Please note that items checked in after the grace period will incur fines from the due date, including the grace period.

Fines are calculated at midnight each day. Fines will still be charged if you renew a book after midnight but before the Library opens.

Recall fine rate: $3.00 per day

Borrowing blocked when amount overdue reaches: $30.00

Borrowing blocked when amount overdue remains unpaid for: 28 days or more.

Information about how to pay fines is available here.

Please note that long-term failure to pay fines may result in the debt being sent to UC Financial Services for recovery, incurring an administration fee and further university-wide sanctions.